Man attempted to escape custody during hearing


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Sonny Stehr [Mugshot]
Ocala, Florida — Three Marion County Sheriff’s Office Bailiffs stationed at the Marion County Courthouse chased and apprehended out-of-custody inmate, Sonny Stehr, 24, Wednesday afternoon after he ran out of his pre-trial conference hearing.

Honorable Judge Hale Stancil had just revoked Stehr’s bond for possession of Dilaudid (hydromorphone) and possession of methamphetamine, which meant he was going back to jail.

Upon hearing Judge Stancil’s ruling, Stehr started to leave the courtroom and, against his attorney’s advice, began running from multiple bailiffs who were ordering him to stop.

Bailiffs Doreen Sexton, Preston West, and Tamara King gave foot pursuit.

As Stehr came to the end of the second floor on the east corner, Stehr turned to confront the three bailiffs. As Bailiffs Sexton and King tried to tackle Stehr, Stehr began to fight the bailiffs.

Bailiff West then tased Stehr, which allowed Bailiffs King and Sexton to gain control of Stehr and take him into custody.

Stehr is now facing an additional charge of escape and has been transported to the Marion County Jail.

He is being held without bond.

Sheriff Chris Blair said, “I would like to thank the bailiffs for an outstanding job on this apprehension and for being vigilant during such a busy day at the Marion County Courthouse.”

Stehr has an extensive arrest history to include charges of , Aggravated Battery, Cultivation of Marijuana, Possession of Narcotic Equipment, DUI (x2), Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription (x2), Smuggling Contraband into a Detention Facility (x2), Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon, Domestic Battery by Strangulation, Burglary, Resisting Arrest (x2), Battery on Law Enforcement Officer of EMT, and multiple Violation of Probation offenses.